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Message from the President
Scott G. Hall

The 2014 mid-year meeting in Nashville will indeed be a great time for all! Our committees are hard at work planning entertainment, on and off-site activities, a wonderful line-up of speakers and breakout sessions and of course, great food and friendship.

Conference information will be coming shortly. I want to personally thank the chairs of our committees for their hard work and innovative ideas that they are bringing to this year's conference.

I and all of the PBUS Board of Directors are looking forward to teaming up with the Tennessee Bail Agents' Association to make this a very memorable conference while encouraging their members to join the PBUS family. We also look forward to welcoming all new PBUS members to our mid-year meeting.

Great things are happening at PBUS! We thank all of our members for their continued support and loyalty as we continue to grow our association while sharing the valuable service each and every one of you provides in the criminal justice system.

See you in Nashville!
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Former bondsman declares intent to run for sheriff in Alabama
WWNT-Radio
Kenneth Robinson, a pastor and former bail bondsman, has announced his intentions to run as an independent candidate for the office of Houston County Sheriff in Alabama. Robinson said that it was his intention to engage the community and bring the office of sheriff to the people.
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Appellate court rejects bondsman's request
The Reporter
The First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco summarily denied a request by Joel "Tom" Toler, a local bail bondsman, to overturn a local judge's decision and allow him to challenge incumbent Sheriff Thomas A. Ferrara in June's open primary election.
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New app educates users on DUI laws, directly connects them to bondsman
Radio Iowa
A pair of attorneys from central Iowa are getting a lot of attention for creating a phone app that gives motorists advice in the event they're pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. With the press of a button, the app automatically sends an email to a chosen friend or family member, an attorney and a bail bondsman.
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Mississippi governor signs criminal justice overhaul bill
Hattiesburg American
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill designed to make the criminal justice system more efficient and less expensive. Bryant said H.B. 585 — which becomes law on July 1 — will protect public safety and could save the state $266 million in prison expenses, spread over 10 years.
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Prison overcrowding examined in Illinois
Alton Daily News
The problem of prison overcrowding in Illinois has no shortage of solutions, according to both lawmakers and groups in favor of reforming the criminal justice system. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, says Illinois can spend less on incarceration and improve public safety, though it may take a few years to see the benefits.
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Nebraska: Bill to address prison overcrowding advances in Legislature
The Omaha World-Herald
State lawmakers advanced a package of legislation recently that aims to prevent construction of a pricey new prison and stave off lawsuits over Nebraska's chronically overcrowded prison system. Backers of the proposals said that the $14.5 million measure should divert at least 473 inmates to less-costly probation in the first year, thus easing the crush of prison inmates.
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New Orleans inspector general gives scathing report on electronic monitoring
WWLT-TV
The New Orleans inspector general has released a scathing report about the electronic monitoring ankle bracelet program run by the Orleans Parish sheriff. The evaluation found errors in billing, cost overruns and a budget that would leave the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office more than $100,000 in the hole every year.
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Police re-organizing efforts in response to clustered crime in Missouri
The Kansas City Star
In Missouri, most of Kansas City's violent crime torments neighborhoods in only 10 percent of the city. Last year, 75 percent of homicides, 71 percent of aggravated assaults, 74 percent of robberies and 62 percent of rapes occurred in that 34-square-mile area, according to maps created this month by Kansas City police analysts.
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